Posted by on June 5, 2022 9:05 pm
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Over the past eight months, hundreds of other families have been caught in a whirlwind, as their otherwise healthy children developed hepatitis, seemingly out of the blue. Some 650 probable cases have been reported in 33 countries, according to the World Health Organization. At least 38 children have required liver transplants, and nine have died.

The cases have stumped experts, who are investigating a variety of potential causes. One leading hypothesis is that an adenovirus, a family of common viruses that typically cause flu- or cold-like symptoms, may be responsible, but many questions remain.

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